Avi Avital, Mandolinist

“During my several years of participating with Rhapsody in School in Germany, I had the most meaningful encounters with young students, who were curious to learn – and hear – about my art. It’s not that young people are disinterested in classical music, it’s that someone has to inspire that initial spark, and that’s what these encounters are geared to do. Like many other musicians, I am committed to our positive role in society and believe that our engagement should not be limited to the concert performances alone but stimulate interest wherever possible. Of course, we musicians are busy all the time, but it’s so important and satisfying to reach out to the next generation – and often the kids I visited in the morning where present at the evening’s concert. Congratulations Ilona, for initiating an artist network to visit schools in New York now, with GetClassical In School. Sign me up please!”